Vikings Rumors & News

  • Floyd returns, but five other starters miss practice

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd returned to practice today, but the Vikings were without five other starters, including two new additions to the injury report. Tight end Kyle Rudolph (knee/ankle) and nose tackle Linval Joseph (illness) did not practice today. Nor did outside linebacker Anthony..." December 17

  • Vikings activate safety Ahmad Dixon from practice squad

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "The Vikings on Wednesday elevated rookie safety Ahmad Dixon from the practice squad to the 53-man roster. Dixon takes the spot of tackle J'Marcus Webb, who was waived Tuesday. Coach Mike Zimmer said the Vikings want to get a longer look at Dixon, a seventh-round draft pick by Dallas out of..." December 17

  • Adrian Peterson Claims NFL Exec Promised Him 2-Game Suspension (Audio)

    Black Sports Online "ABC’s Good Morning America has released a scathing audio provided by Adrian Peterson that allegedly has former NFL players and current league executive, Troy Vincent, promising Peterson his suspension will only be two games. At his appeal, Peterson claimed Vincent, the league’s executive vice..." December 15

  • NFLPA sues NFL in Peterson case

    ESPN.com "The NFL Players Association has filed a lawsuit against the NFL in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis, challenging an arbitrator's decision made Friday to uphold Adrian Peterson's suspension by the league. The lawsuit comes as ABC News has obtained a recording of the Nov. 12 phone call between..." December 15

  • Peterson to NFL exec: 'How much more you all want'

    CSN Philly "Minnesota Vikings star Adrian Peterson told a top NFL executive in the days leading up to his suspension for the rest of 2014 that he wanted Commissioner Roger Goodell to consider that he'd already lost $4 million in endorsements and missed more than half the season while his child abuse case..." December 15

  • Peterson: How did Rice get reinstated before me?

    SB Nation "Running back Adrian Peterson believes the NFL handled his suspension and appeal "absolutely wrong," according to an interview with ESPN. Peterson gave a lengthy statement after his appeal of a suspension for a violation of the league's personal conduct policy was denied Friday. After saying..." December 14

  • Adrian Peterson Could Be On Field By Start Of 2015 Season

    Daily Norseman "The speculation had been that if Peterson's suspension was upheld, he would be suspended for the final three games of this season and the first three games of next season as well. However, it appears that if Peterson is reinstated to the league on 15 April (the first date he is eligible to be..." December 14

  • Peterson: Maybe I’ll retire, run in the Olympics

    ESPN.com "Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, whose suspension until at least April 2015 was upheld by arbitrator Harold Henderson on Friday, said he's been so disappointed by the NFL's disciplinary process that he's thought about retirement. In a 60-minute phone interview with ESPN,..." December 13

  • Vikings RB Adrian Peterson's suspension appeal denied by arbitrator

    Yahoo! Sports "The NFL Friday news dump is up and running. Suspended Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson's appeal was denied and he will not play this season. Appointed arbitrator Harold Henderson (appointed by Roger Goodell, that is) found no reason to vacate the initial NFL finding in Peterson's..." December 13

  • Darren Sharper, 2 others indicted in New Orleans rape cases

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "Former Saints safety Darren Sharper and two other men could face life sentences after being charged Friday in a nine-count grand jury indictment stemming from multiple rape allegations in New Orleans. Sharper was indicted on two counts of aggravated rape stemming from accusations that he..." December 13

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    Greg Aiello @gregaiello

    Appeals officer Harold Henderson has affirmed the Adrian Peterson discipline...appeal denied.

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    Brian Hall @MNBrianHall

    #Vikings list Robert Blanton, Anthony Barr, Sharrif Floyd and Charlie Johnson out for Sunday's game.

  • NFL salary cap projected at $138.6 million

    Covers.com "The NFL salary cap is projected to be $138.6 million in 2015, a 4.21 percent increase over this year's $133 million. The projection was revealed to NFL owners at their meeting in Irving, Texas. That number could rise as high as $141 million, two team executives told USA Today. Last year,..." December 11

  • NFL approves new personal conduct policy

    SB Nation "Roger Goodell announced a new personal conduct policy at the NFL owners meetings Wednesday. The new policy will make several changes to how policy violations are handled. For example, accused players are expected to immediately be placed on paid leave after they have been charged. In addition, the..." December 10

  • NFLPA: Adrian Peterson wants to play this season

    NFL.com "With only three games remaining on the Minnesota Vikings' schedule, the clocking is ticking on Adrian Peterson's chances of playing again in 2014. As Peterson awaits a ruling from arbitrator Harold Henderson on his appeal, the suspended running back has made it clear he wants to get back on the..." December 10

  • Vikings' Zimmer on Bridgewater: 'This is his team now'

    Covers.com "Resiliency has become rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater's greatest asset. In his 10th start Sunday, Bridgewater posted the fourth victory in which he has led the Vikings from behind in the fourth quarter or overtime. His 87-yard touchdown pass to Jarius Wright beat the Jets 30-24 in overtime..." December 08

  • Vikings slip past Jets in overtime

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Jarius Wright’s 87-yard catch and dash in OT is a lightning bolt of relief Jarius Wright cruised across the goal line, took a second to let the most thrilling moment of his football life sink in, then did an impromptu leap into the first row of seats at TCF Bank Stadium. A swarm of Vikings..." December 08

  • Peterson unlikely to play this season

    ESPN.com "Adrian Peterson is unlikely to play this season, regardless of the result of the Vikings star's suspension appeal, a source told ESPN NFL Insider Chris Mortensen. A decision on Peterson's appeal of his six-game suspension for violation of the personal conduct policy is expected this week from..." December 08

  • Percy Harvin has “no emotions at all” about playing in Minnesota

    New York Post "Here’s the typical “Player Goes Back to Where it All Began” story. Jets wide receiver Percy Harvin was drafted 22nd by the Vikings in 2009, was the Offensive Rookie of the Year and spent his first four years in Minnesota. So his first trip back to play there Sunday should be emotional,..." December 07

  • Deal still possible in Peterson appeal

    Pro Football Talk "The hearing ended Thursday with the testimony of NFL executive V.P. of football operations Troy Vincent. By rule, a decision must be made by Harold Henderson “as soon as practicable.” But that doesn’t mean the NFL and NFL Players Association can’t still work something out on their own. Per a..." December 07

  • Vikings put McKinnon on injured reserve

    Pro Football Talk "As the Vikings make a push toward a potential .500 finish in coach Mike Zimmer’s first season, they’ll be playing the final four games with a promising rookie running back. Jerick McKinnon, a third-round draft pick, has been placed on injured reserve. He had been listed as out for Sunday’s..." December 06

  • Barr likely to miss Vikings game vs. Jets

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Larry Warford has been going through football withdrawal in the past month while rehabbing his knee. The Lions’ right guard was back at practice this week and will start on Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. “It’s fun to be out there,’’ Warford said on Friday. “You realize how much you..." December 06

  • Report: Adrian Peterson ‘likely’ to be reinstated next week

    Larry Brown Sports "Adrian Peterson may still have a slight chance to suit up again before the end of the 2014 season. Peter King of The Monday Morning Quarterback reports that Peterson is “likely” to be reinstated by league appeals officer Harold Henderson next week. While King notes that Peterson is not certain..." December 06

  • Appeal over, Adrian Peterson now waits on arbitrator

    New York Post "Adrian Peterson’s bid for reinstatement is in the hands of an arbitrator hand-picked by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell after the second day of testimony in the Vikings running back’s appeal ended Thursday in Manhattan. Harold Henderson, a former league executive in charge of labor relations, is..." December 05

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    Matt Vensel @mattvensel

    Norv Turner acknowledges that Charles Johnson is the starter at the X receiver spot, not Cordarrelle Patterson.

  • Report: Adrian Peterson won't attend appeal hearing Thursday

    SI.com "Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson will not be in attendance for the conclusion of his suspension appeal hearing Thursday, according to the Associated Press. NFL executive vice president of football operations Troy Vincent is scheduled to testify on Thursday. According to the AP,..." December 04

  • Arbitrator reportedly suggests Adrian Peterson settlement

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "During yesterday’s appeals hearing for suspended running back Adrian Peterson, arbitrator Harold Henderson encouraged the NFL and the NFLPA to engage in settlement discussions, according to a Pro Football Talk report. There have been no talks yet, though, according to the report. Yesterday,..." December 03

  • NFL official Troy Vincent to tell his side on Adrian Peterson ban

    New York Post "Adrian Peterson’s appeal of his season-long suspension by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell began Tuesday, but promises to get even more interesting on Thursday. That’s when Troy Vincent, the league’s vice president of football operations, is expected to testify for arbitrator Harold Henderson..." December 03

  • Cordarrelle Patterson doesn’t play on offense in first half

    Pro Football Talk "The Vikings cruised to a 31-13 victory over the Panthers on Sunday after building a 28-6 halftime lead, but there was one player who didn’t have much to do with putting Minnesota in place for its fifth win of the season. Wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson didn’t play a snap on offense in the..." December 01

  • Griffen adds pair of sacks to go with special teams TD

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Everson Griffen finally recorded a sack again. Make that two sacks. And a special teams touchdown. “It was a good day,” said the Vikings defensive end after displaying his speed and pass rushing ability in a 31-13 victory over the Carolina Panthers on Sunday at TCF Bank Stadium. Griffen..." December 01

  • Special teams, Bridgewater shine for Vikings in victory over Panthers

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Sunday’s game at TCF Bank Stadium was one of the chilliest in Vikings history, with the temperature at the noon kickoff barely hitting double digits and the wind whipping up to around 20 miles per hour, leading fans to huddle in the concourses until the national anthem called them out into the..." December 01

  • Henderson declines to step aside from Peterson appeal

    Pro Football Talk "On Tuesday, three days after a truly independent arbitrator ruled against the NFL in the Ray Rice appeal, a far less independent hearing officer will consider the appeal of Vikings running back Adrian Peterson. According to Chris Mortensen of ESPN, former NFL executive and regular designee for..." December 01

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    Chris Tomasson @christomasson

    I'm told Matt Asiata will start at running back

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    Ben Goessling @GoesslingESPN

    Jerick McKinnon said he won't play Sunday. Initially got hurt lifting weights, he said. Wanted to go Sunday, but will rest instead.

  • Should Cordarrelle Patterson be Demoted?

    Daily Norseman "The past two weeks Vikings fans have seen the emergence of free agent wide receiver Charles Johnson. Against the Bears he was targeted a team high 7 times and caught 6 of those targets for 87 yards. Despite playing only 25 of the team's 47 snaps on offense against the Bears, he was the most..." November 25

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    Field Yates @FieldYates

    Source: after losing starting RT Phil Loadholt for the season to injury, the Vikings tried out NFLPA president Eric Winston & J'Marcus Webb.

  • Adrian Peterson -- Says Grand Jury Can Reverse Ruling ... Inspires False Hope

    TMZ.com "Adrian Peterson believes there's a slight chance the grand jury in Ferguson will change its mind and indict Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Mike Brown ... problem is, he's flat-out wrong. In the wake of the decision in Ferguson, AP went to Twitter to express his dismay over..." November 25

  • Adrian Peterson compares own indictment to Ferguson

    CBSSports.com "On Monday, a grand jury in Ferguson, Missouri declined to indict Darren Wilson for the shooting of Michael Brown, causing riots in and around the city throughout the night. Many sports figures took to Twitter to comment on the situation, including Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, who --..." November 25

  • Packers victory over Vikings sealed by running game

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "Someone as prideful as Mike Zimmer wasn't going to let another of his football teams get "run over," as he put it following the Minnesota Vikings' defensive debacle seven weeks ago at Lambeau Field, in the rematch on a gray, windless 49-degree Sunday afternoon at TCF Bank Stadium. For 56 ½..." November 24

  • Matt Kalil apologizes for knocking hat off heckler's head

    SB Nation "Minnesota Vikings offensive lineman Matt Kalil apologized Monday for an incident in which he angrily knocked a hat off the head of a heckling fan after a loss to the Green Bay Packers. "I usually shrug that stuff off," Kalil told 1500 ESPN. "Fans like to talk and say some things, but that's..." November 24

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    Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

    #Vikings RT Phil Loadholt has torn his pec, source says, and will require surgery. His season is over.

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    Albert Breer @AlbertBreer

    Listed as questionable, Vikings expect WR Greg Jennings to play against his former team today in Minneapolis.

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    Albert Breer @AlbertBreer

    Vikings RB Ben Tate will be active and have a role today, just four days after joining the team, per source. Matt Asiata down for Minnesota.

  • Zimmer thinks Peterson will return

    ESPN.com "Though Adrian Peterson has said that a fresh start with a new team might be beneficial, coach Mike Zimmer told ESPN that he believes the star running back will return to the Minnesota Vikings when he's reinstated. Earlier this week, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell suspended Peterson for the rest..." November 23

  • NFLPA rails against selection of Peterson appeals officer

    USA Today "NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell won't hear the appeal of Adrian Peterson's suspension. But the NFL Players Association isn't happy with who will. The league announced Friday that Goodell has appointed appeals officer Harold Henderson to hear Peterson's appeal Dec. 2. Henderson spent 16 years as..." November 22

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    Jay Glazer @JayGlazer

    Breaking: Adrian Peterson's appeal hearing has been set for 12/2 and Harold Henderson, NOT Roger Goodell, will be the hearing officer

  • Adrian Peterson: 'I won't ever use a switch again'

    USA Today "It had been five months since Adrian Peterson spoke to his 4-year-old son. Somewhere deep inside, Peterson believes he knew what awaited him on the other end of the line. But he couldn't be sure until he placed the call last week. "When he got on the phone, he said, 'Hey Dad,'" Peterson..." November 21

  • Adrian Peterson officially appeals suspension

    SB Nation "Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has officially appealed his season-long suspension Thursday morning, according to Ian Rapoport. Peterson and the National Football League Players Association have contended the league did not act in accordance with the Collective Bargaining..." November 20

  • LaDainian Tomlinson: Adrian Peterson to the Cowboys could be a 'no-brainer'

    Dallas Morning News "Former TCU and NFL star running back LaDainian Tomlinson joined KRLD-FM 105.3 recently to talk all things football. Here are some of the highlights: On DeMarco Murray’s workload and how that should be handled by the Cowboys: “The first thing when it comes to handling DeMarco’s workload, I..." November 20

  • Cordarrelle Patterson: 'I know I'm letting a lot of people down'

    ESPN.com "It's become apparent during his second season with the Minnesota Vikings that Cordarrelle Patterson still has plenty to learn about the finer points of playing receiver. That learning process has limited his involvement in the offense when the Vikings aren't manufacturing as many touches for him..." November 20